OxyContin maker Purdue reaches plea deal in opioid probe
Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion US, Justice Department officials in the U.S. announced Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Shamo Sentenced to Life in Prison After Conviction for Organizing, Directing Drug Trafficking Organization
FDA OCI, Aaron Shamo, CEO, dark net, life sentence, drug trafficking organization, DTO, fentanyl, fake oxycodone, alprazolam, China import, counterfeit Xanax, Cottonwood Heights UT, opioid, crisis, PHARMA-MASTER, AlphaBay, drug dealer, 90 deaths, bitcoin, payments, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 16, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Registered Nurse Pleads Guilty to Drug Diversion
FDA OCI, Dighton MA, Marietta Strickland, tampering, oxycodone, pain relief, Dighton Care and Rehabilitation Center, hospice patient, Alzheimer's, dementia, cancer, prescription drugs, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 7, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Is Reportedly Nearing A Guilty Plea In Criminal Opioid Investigation
The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating the company over its alleged role in fuelling the country ’s opioid crisis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Hart, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Editors' Pick editors-pick Breaking breaking-news Source Type: news

Chester County Doctor Agrees to Pay Over $1.2 Million to Settle Allegations of Fraudulent Billing and Unlawful Opioid Distribution
FDA OCI, Thomas Whalen, D.O., Berwyn PA, resolve allegations, $1.2 million, fraudulent, billing, unlawful, opioid, distribution, Rheumatology Consultants, Whalen Rheumatology Group, Havertown PA, Exton PA, Wilmington DE, injections, infusion, foreign drugs, unapproved, oxycodone, health care fraud, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 22, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Defying the Family Cycle of Addiction
In a family plagued by addiction, I was determined to help my teen recover from surgery without opiates. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennie Burke Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates Families and Family Life Parenting OxyContin (Drug) Surgery and Surgeons Hernias Source Type: news

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says
After hearing the evidence, the advisory committee agreed the abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin cuts rate of snorting and injection of the drug -- in one study by up to 50% -- but not overall abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn't curbed abuse, overdoses
A panel of government advisers says there's no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin resulted in fewer drug overdoses (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA: Doctors Should Discuss Opioid OD Antidote With Patients
FRIDAY, July 24, 2020 -- Doctors should tell patients and caregivers about the overdose antidote naloxone when they prescribe opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin and medicines to treat opioid addiction, including buprenorphine,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Reformulation of oxycodone 80  mg to prevent misuse: a cohort study assessing the impact of a supply-side intervention - Nolan ML, Harocopos A, Allen B, Paone D.
BACKGROUND: In August 2010, extended-release OxyContin ® products, including oxycodone 80 mg, were reformulated and released as abuse-deterrent medications. This paper describes changes in individual prescription filling patterns that followed the reform... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Registered Nurse Charged with Drug Diversion
Marietta Strickland, Dighton MA, Dighton Care and Rehabilitation Center, tampering, oxycodone, stolen, pills, blister pack, registered nurse, drug, diversion, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 16, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

People harmed by OxyContin have more time to file claims
A federal bankruptcy judge has agreed to give individuals an additional 30 days to make claims against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma because of potential disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Meds2Go Express Pharmacy, Inc. Sentenced for Role in Drug Diversion Scheme
FDA OCI, Alum Creek WV, Meds2Go Express Pharmacy, drug diversion, sentencing, money laundering, conspiracy, Hope Clinic, pain clinic, pill mill, opioids, oxycodone, methadone, addicts, illegal manufacturing, restitution, forfeiture, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 3, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Opioid-associated hearing loss: a 20-year review from the New Jersey Poison Center - Mozeika AM, Ruck BE, Nelson LS, Calello DP.
BACKGROUND: Opioid-associated ototoxicity is a known complication of opioid exposure, although the mechanism remains unclear. While historically most closely linked to heroin and oxycodone, evolving reports suggest that it may be a class effect of opioids.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news